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CWG: Bail plea of former OC official dismissed

Last Updated: Friday, July 8, 2011 - 20:41

New Delhi: The bail plea of CWG Organising
Committee (OC) former Deputy Director General Surjeet Lal,
arrested for his alleged role in awarding a contract to a
Swiss firm at an exorbitant cost, was dismissed today by a
Delhi court.

Special Judge Talwant Singh dismissed Lal`s bail plea
saying that he was "part and parcel" of the conspiracy to
award the contract to install the Timing, Scoring and Results
(TSR) system for the games.
The court said if enlarged on bail at this juncture,
Lal, a co-accused of former OC Chairman Suresh Kalmadi in the
case, may influence witnesses against him.

"The charge sheet has been already filed and the list
of witnesses along with the documents of depositions of the
witnesses have been supplied to the present accused (Lal) and
he knows who exactly are the witnesses in the case and are
going to depose against him," the court said, agreeing with
the CBI`s apprehension that he may influence witnesses.

"Moreover, the accused (Lal) was part and parcel of
the conspiracy to cheat the government exchequer of more than
Rs 95 crore and his crime is of serious nature," the court

"In view of the aforementioned facts and circumstances
of the case, accused is not entitled to bail at this stage and
his bail application is dismissed," the court added.

The court observed that Lal was holding high position
in the games organising committee and various witnesses in the
cases were his subordinates or colleagues while he was working

"The accused was earlier holding a high position in
government of India and in OC also, he was at a very high
position being its Deputy Director General (procurement).
"Most of the witnesses to be examined in the case were
earlier his subordinates or colleagues or employees of the
private vendors/contractors who had worked for the OC and
there is every likelihood of accused influencing these
witnesses if he is bailed out at this stage," the court said.

Lal was arrested on April 26 along with Kalmadi and
Joint Director General (Sports) A S V Prasad for their alleged
roles in awarding the contract for installing the TSR system
to a firm, Swiss Timing Omega, at an exorbitant cost of Rs 141
crore, causing a loss of over Rs 90 crore to the exchequer.

Apart from these three, OC former secretary general
Lalit Bhanot, former director general V K Verma and former
treasurer M Jayachandran were arrested in the scam and the six
accused are presently lodged in Tihar Jail.

The CBI, in its first charge sheet on May 20, has
named Kalmadi and ten others including Swiss Timing and its
sub-contractor A K R Constructions.

All the accused have been indicted for various
offences, including those of criminal conspiracy under Section
120 (B), cheating (Section 420), forgery (Section 468 & 471)
of the IPC and the Prevention of Corruption Act.


First Published: Friday, July 8, 2011 - 20:41
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